Marc wrote:Not a tool I'd use for that job but it might suit you if you want to buy one. If you do then be VERY careful with it as I can see toes getting chopped if not. You need steel toe-capped boots.
I use one because I inherited one many years ago and found it very useful ... it's certainly not sharp enough to chop your toes off, but it would probably not be wise to use it wearing slippers.
Using it is exactly as you describe using a sharp spade, with one BIG exception ... with a mattock you are standing upright, a very important point to us oldies with not so flexible back muscles.
Also it's the right tool for the job ... you could hoe a garden using the spade as you describe, but a hoe is so much better